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Herbal Anthropology Project (HAP) believes in community-led change and progress. As an accredited member of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), we emphasize intellectual property (IP) protection of bodies of traditional knowledge (TK) as an umbrella strategy to securing communities’ abilities to preserve, protect, and utilize their Traditional Knowledge as they see fit. We are now working towards guiding indigenous associations on what they request and need based upon their TK.
HAP is aiming to be a climate change mitigation fund acting through boosting indigenous herbal medicine preservation. The HAP originated from an awareness of the sheer lack of documented healing practices in indigenous cultures that use traditional herbal medicine as their primary source of health care. The HAP’s community of herbalists seeks to aid such cultures in the documentation, preservation and distribution of long-standing herbal remedies. The HAP will identify indigenous cultures with a strong desire to document their herbal medicine tradition and send herbalists from the organization to live and interact with the community.